May 30th, 2006

‘To change one’s life, start immediately, do it flamboyantly, no exceptions.’
~William James

I have a new name!

Not because I got a wild hair or had nothing else to do or was avoiding writing (honestly…really!), but because I came to the major conclusion that the old name didn’t emcompass everything I wrote or who I was.

I’ve never mentioned before, but I am also working on a sweet romance and a children’s inspirational series that has been in the makings for several years. And for the past few weeks, three people have asked me why I have such a dark blog with paranormal elements only if I plan to be published in multi genres. If one person asks, it is one thing, but when three different people mention it then means you need to take a wee bit closer look at the situation.

After thinking about it, I decided they were right. If my children’s series become published, or even my sweet romance does, then I wouldn’t want to offend anyone, parent or otherwise, with such a dark blog. And I started feeling uncomfortable with it.

So, hence the name change. It’s a start. And I will be working on a new blog and website look as time permits.

If you have my Magick Musings listed on your blogroll/website, I hope you don’t mind changing the name for me. No biggee if you can’t or don’t want to.

I was proud of myself figuring out how to change the header all by myself except for one little question (that ended up with other questions, but they don’t count) to Mik about how to load it again. I have such a short memory span. :roll:

On the writing front…

Spit out a page today. :page:

Keep your fingers crossed for me this week. Something that might turn our really good just might happen for me!

~Sandy J

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May 30th, 2006

‘Show truth as if your character had just discovered it. Show emotion as if your character had just invented it.’
~Paul Raymond Martin

…that when you dream of having a long weekend you have all these neat plans. Things you would do if you had the time off to do it.

…Clean out the cabinets.
…Take a little trip that has nothing to do with business.
…Do a little scrapbooking.
…Make those phone calls to those family members and friends you love so dearly and haven’t spoken to in forever.
…Bake or cook things that can be frozen and used when a quick meal is needed. (‘Course is there any other kind, LOL)
…Get the yard like you want it.
…Clean out the attic.

But, in truth, end up doing much of nothing. And it actually felt good.

Went out to eat with dh, just he and I, no sons allowed. Had long talks with him throughout the weekend making plans for short term goals and long term goals. Future vacation plans. Reinforced our relationship as so much of life gets in the way and we both realized that there are days we are in the same house together, but both going in different directions with different problems, living different lives, having different thoughts and worries and barely really, truly, ‘communicating’ with each other.

So it was good.

I guess most of us work better under pressure but when we finally get a time to rest, rest is exactly what we needed. And I’m trying very, very hard not to feel guilty about this weekend.

But the weekend is over now so back to work. :whip:


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May 27th, 2006

‘Light tomorrow with today.’
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Hope all of you have a wonderful Memorial Day by enjoying the freedom that so many died that we may be free!

Happy Birthday, Mik! :party:

A little joke here to start the weekend because laughter is good for the soul.

On a tour of the facilities, the CEO noticed a guy leaning on a wall. The room was full of workers and he wanted to let them know that he meant business!

The new CEO walked up to the guy leaning against the wall and asked, “How much money do you make a week?”

A little surprised, the young fellow looked at him and replied, “I make $300 a week. Why?”

The CEO then handed the guy $1,200 in cash and screamed, “Here’s four weeks’ pay, now GET OUT and don’t come back.”

Feeling pretty good about himself, the CEO looked around the room and asked, “Does anyone want to tell me what that goof-off did here?”

From across the room came a voice, “Pizza delivery guy from Domino’s.”


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May 25th, 2006

‘Well-written dialogue is efficient stuff: It reveals character, lends realism, and advances plot.’
~Paul Martin Raymond

Lost and American Idol rocked!

I am so glad Taylor Hicks won! Katherine McPhee is beautiful, extremely talented and her career as a performer/singer/artist is a shoo in. But I wanted Taylor to win. And it seemed to be the consensus at my house and the office I worked at yesterday.

My favorite part was when the Clay Aiken wannabe almost had a meltdown when Clay walked on stage and surprised him. Very funny stuff! I could almost hear the wheels turning in Clay’s mind: “Was I ever REALLY like that?’

Naw. He had a little more class than that!

And when the hyper idiot ran out on stage to get his trophy and fell into the audience!!! :rotfl:

It was hard running back and forth between the two rooms watching both. We taped it on our DVR in the big den and on a VCR in the smaller den off the kitchen. But Lost won out over me actually sitting and watching.

Oh. My. Gosh!

Not going to spoil the ending for those who taped it and couldn’t watch it last night (:wave: Sandy S!) but I am now hooked for next season. PLEASE let there be another season!

Gotta run. Doing check offs today at work and really like doing those. Keep your fingers crossed for me for something that will happen tomorrow. Can’t say anything else at this moment. Don’t want to jinx it.

Have a good day before Memorial Day weekend starts!


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May 23rd, 2006

‘In everday life, we dull the edges of our conversations. In writing, we hone the edge.’
~Paul Martin Raymond

Invasion was over last week.
House is over tonight.
American Idol will announce the winner tomorrow.
Lost will have it’s season finale tomorrow night.

I will be free! And I promise not to watch TV over the summer.

But I have been writing. I swear I have not been slacking off. In fact, every free moment as been spent working on my WIP. Haven’t blogged. Haven’t been reading. Haven’t spent any time with the family.

But I did get caught up on this year’s taxes. :oops: I promised myself I would not wait until the end of the year to start on them as I have done in the last few years so now it is all organized and on an Excel spreadsheet.

Go, Sandy!


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May 20th, 2006

‘Today is the first day of the rest of your life.’

Going to be lazy this weekend about blogging. Have to write, have to write, have to write.

Thought you might enjoy these pictures, but don’t miss the last one. Makes having a rough day at work take on a new meaning!


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May 18th, 2006

‘Nothing splendid has been achieved except by those who dared to believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance.’
~Bruce Barton

…the offices I have to cover that are the furtherest away are the ones that start the earliest! Over an hour there and over an hour back means I have to leave at the unmerciful hour of 6:45 am.

One of those questions that will probably never be explained or understood.

Sat in front of my computer for the last two nights staring at my WIP with nothing but a sentence or two written. I think both my muses are at the Cannes Film Festival this week. They’re certainly not here with me.

Speaking of films, I can’t wait for the DaVince Code. I read the book. And I read the interviews where Dan Brown says, “It’s just a story!” That’s what I believe. It’s just a story, but it entertained me and I enjoyed it so I want to see the movie. Do I believe it? No. But I like to be entertained. My soon-to-be-a-marine son got to preview it last night, but haven’t seen him yet to ask what he thought about it.

Back to the not writing. What do you do when the words will not come? Would love to hear any ideas you have. Got my guys to a certain place and pfftt! Can’t them out of the bar. The thought crossed my mind that maybe they didn’t want to leave the bar just yet, but by grabs, I am the story goddess and they need to listen to me!

While you’re thinking of ideas to help me get these big and bad Scottish Warriors away from the bar, check out Mik’s new cover. It really is awesome! Will be available July 12 at Samhain Publishing. Love the little ‘horns’ on the phone.


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May 16th, 2006

‘Every writer spends a lifetime as a writer-in-training.’
~Paul Raymond Martin

Maxine. Always tells it like it is.

Woke this morning with a renewed enthusiasm. For my writing, my day job, my life in general. Even though I might hit a rough spot or two in my life, if I have a plan, I can handle anything. Also, if my writing, my work, my life is organized and caught up, I am then a force to be reckoned with.

But let me get behind or disorganized and I am another type of force to be reckoned with. And it ain’t pretty. :evil:

And right now, I have a plan.

Details to follow. Soon. :thumbsup:

Have a great Tuesday!


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May 15th, 2006

‘Until you know that life is interesting…and find it so…you haven’t found your soul.’
~Geoffrey Fisher

Mother’s Day was emotionally strange this weekend.

Ever have those days when nothing went exactly like you thought it should, yet happened exactly the way it should have?

Friday, my DH announced that this weekend was MY weekend. I could do anything I wanted. Go anywhere I wanted. Buy anything I wanted. Do anything I wanted.

Visions of quiet time at my computer, maybe take in a movie, visit Starbucks, shop for a new outfit danced in my head. I had just paid my youngest son’s last tuition as he will be graduating this summer. I was excited about no more tuition payments, but yet feeling a little strange about the thought of him soon to be completely out of school and on his own. I have joked that the only way we would ever have an empty nest was for us to ‘move the nest’. But as I wrote out that last connection to our littlest bird, I was sad.

Saturday, DH mentioned he had been checking out new vehicles on the internet with some of the local auto dealerships. He drove a pickup and his new position now requires him to travel all over the area and the gas was getting outrageous.

I usually feel having a root canal is better than car shopping, but since he was just ‘checking things out right now’, I agreed to accompany him to take a look at what he had found. Then we would go eat and figure out what to do with the rest of the evening.

Five and half hours later, we left in a new 2006 vehicle, lowered our notes substantially, decreased our insurance, and what we save on gas will enable us to buy an island in the Pacific. I told DH that was the first time we saved so much money buying a new car and have a good time doing it.

He had a hard time actually letting go of the keys to his all time favorite truck, but once we pried them out of his hands, he hasn’t looked back. It has Onstar, Satellite Radio, and a remote to start the car up. Pretty cool! Was worth the root canal…um I mean car shopping. And the time he and I spent laughing and talking, in that place full of flashy cars and funny salesman, will be forever be ingrained in my heart as one of the most unique and special Mother’s Day weekend I’ve had.

When we got back home, it was 10:00pm and we discovered that, as we suspected, our third son had signed up and been sworn in to the Marines. He will be leaving in January. I can’t help but feel happy and proud for him, but sad for me. The next morning, Mother’s Day, I found the sweetest letter from him saying how much he loves me and how he can’t afford to buy me anything, but what he can give me is the ‘love from a son that is now and will forever be everlasting’. You probably have an idea of how hard I cried.

All day, I thought about how much I missed my mom and my grandmother.

Sunday night, we went to the restaurant my soon-to-be-graduating-from-college son works and he surprised us by paying the tab for us! And waited on me while doing it. Wow!

Father-of-the-twins-son called and we talked and he, too, told me how much he loved me and was glad I was his mom. He also mentioned, casually I might add, that now that he has kids, he understands so much more now. :twisted:

Now, I not only have no more tuition payments, saved money on a vehicle, insurance, and gas, I know I am loved by my boys.

If I could only get my external drive to work with my computer. I took it to Best Buy yesterday to see if they could get it installed, but there is something in the Operating System that is not letting it work. Same problem with my scanner.

Guess I need a new computer :thumbsup:

Have a Happy Monday!


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May 13th, 2006

‘He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance: One cannot fly into flying.’
~Friedrich Nietzsche

…to all of those mothers, sisters, grandmothers, aunts, and female friends who touch our lives and our hearts and helped us learn to fly!

This was sent to me awhile back and too precious not to share.


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